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If you’ve got a small living room, you know how difficult it can be to fit a couch, coffee table and TV in one tight space, while still maintaining order. The last thing you want is for a space meant for relaxation and socializing to look cluttered. So if you’re in need of small living room ideas, let these photos inspire you to be creative with your space. Sometimes, all that’s needed to appreciate small rooms is a change in perspective.

Decorating a Small Living Room

Choosing small living room decor can be tricky, as you don’t want to go overboard. Still, adding one or two accents can go a long way in a compact room. You can use one piece of artwork or a mirror to create a focal point, or dress up the space with a colorful rug. Focus on any existing features and play them up to the room’s advantage. If you’re looking for small living room ideas with a fireplace, simply arrange your furniture around this asset for ultimate coziness.

Speaking of furniture, perhaps all that’s needed are small-scale pieces. Go for a plush loveseat and a small side table to save space. If you’re looking for small living room ideas with a TV, consider mounting the television to the wall or investing in a very thin table to hold it.

Small Living Room Ideas for Apartments

Oftentimes, the living room in an apartment flows right into the kitchen and the dining area — making organization quite a challenge. Still, a large rug in a small living room can help demarcate space. If you have a very small living room, lean into coziness in a big way: one dramatic armchair with a side table and lamp can be very inviting. And to decorate your living room on a budget, try arranging plants around the room, or accessorizing with a chunky throw blanket.

Small Living Room Layout Ideas

Whether you live in an apartment or not, you may find your dining room feels awfully close to your couch. If you have a living room-dining room combo, the obvious choice is to place the back of your sofa to the dining area. Having a small, round dining table can also help break up the space and create a naturally fluid feel. On the other hand, if you have a small, narrow living room, make use of it with a long sofa and a thin coffee table.

Painting a Small Living Room

If you’re able to paint your living room, you have the option of going light and airy or creating a bold jewel box of a room. Proponents of white walls argue it makes the room feel more spacious and uncluttered — perfect for a tiny space. But if you have your heart set on an elegant small living room that makes use of rich colors, go for it! If you do go for painted walls, it’s usually best to keep your color palette to a couple shades to avoid making the room feel too busy.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 32,990 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including THE POOL COMPANY CONSTRUCTION and GBC Kitchen and Bath. Look through living room photos in different colors and styles and when you find a small living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small living room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.